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2answers
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Why is the new PositionIndex horribly slow?

Disconcertingly I have discovered that the new (v10) PositionIndex is horribly slow. Using Szabolcs's clever GatherBy inversion ...
8
votes
3answers
588 views

Why are functions called first-class objects in Mathematica?

I've heard lots of people say a function is a first-class object in Mathematica. "Everything is an expression, including function." "There is no distinction between functions and data." Having read ...
2
votes
4answers
287 views

How to completely delete the head of a function expression

Is there any way to completely remove the head of an expression function? For example, how would I remove the head Cos from ...
2
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0answers
97 views

How is Wolfram Language different than regular Mathematica? [duplicate]

From all I can see there seems to be no difference between "Wolfram Language" and regular Mathematica. Is Wolfram just a marketing rebranding of Mathematica or is there a new capability I am missing?
3
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0answers
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Precedence of defined functions [duplicate]

When I define functions in Mathematica like: f[x_] := 3 f[x_Integer] := 6 How is the value of f[6] determined? It seems to ...
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votes
0answers
183 views

Is everything in Mathematica ultimately stored as a rule?

My current understanding about Mathematica is that everything, at the lowest level, ends up as replacement rules. First question: is this true? Second question: does Mathematica "gloss over" these ...
4
votes
1answer
294 views

Counting the number of operations performed during a calculation

I need to know how can I count the number of operations performed during a calculation of a CompoundExpression. In some of these expressions there are ...
2
votes
1answer
133 views

Difference between function definitions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Functions vs. patterns I thought about describing the context in which I faced this problem, but I figured it is general enough and clear enough to pose it as it is. ...